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Link Love: Some Truth and a cute bunny (or two)

A highlight reel of what's going on in my life and a collection of useful links and information for the creatives amongst us - Angie Wilson at www.gnomeangel.com

I’m one of those people who finds other people saying to them on a regular basis “I don’t know how you do it all”. I hate it. Mainly because the minute it’s said to me I start mentally recalling all the things that I don’t do and all the ways in which I feel like I’m not being the best I can be. The person saying it I’m sure is mentally curating the list of things that they think they’re failing to deliver while stacking it up against all these things that they assume I’m doing. It’s a lose-lose for both of us.

You see the reality of it all couldn’t be further from the truth. I don’t get it “all” done. I work all.the.time. If I’m not at my day job then I’m working on my blog and the long list of things I need to get done so I can turn my passion into a business and quit the day job. I’m either on the computer writing, on the sewing machine creating or on social media trying to keep the business ticking over. I’m up early in the morning (like crazy stupid early) and I work until I go to sleep.

I juggle our son’s needs in amongst all of this so that I work twice as hard when he’s playing with his Dad or at Kindy so that when he’s home I can devote uninterrupted time to being his Mum and forging memories with him. I’d love to say I do this really well, but I suck at getting the balance right and I find myself saying “Sorry Buddy, Mummy’s working” a lot more than I would like on a daily basis. As for being a housewife, I suck at that. While we don’t live in a house that you’d see in the newspaper as being a house of ill-repute it’s certainly not somewhere I’d recommend eating off the floor any time soon. (Although on some days it looks like someone has been eating off the floor!) In fact, it’s only been in the last month that we’ve acknowledged that the stress of me trying to balance housework on top of everything else isn’t helping and we need to sacrifice something (fabric budget) to get in a regular cleaner. While the cleaner helps me to keep working I still feel like crap when she comes in and sees how much jam is stuck to our dinner table.

That’s basically what my life has been for the past 12 months – I’m so focused on making a business that I’m sliding everywhere else. We haven’t seen our friends on any sort of a regular basis for so long I’m not even sure we’ve still got some of them. If I’m not working I’m trying to be a mother who’s present. My to-do list is never ending and with the addition of the Farmer’s Wife and getting my first book written it’s just ridiculous.

I don’t tell you this because I’m unhappy, I tell you this because I want you to know that everything has a price and while it looks like I’m powering through everything the truth is I’m living moment to moment and in a complete “putting out fires” kind of way. With HUBBY being away all of January it’s just spiralled out of control and I’m back to being really stressed, not sleeping and feeling like crap. But I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t step in and make some changes things will continue to spiral and I’ll do more damage than progress. So today I’m sharing with you that I’m not coping.

But I’m making changes. I want you to know this so that if you’re in the situation where you think you should be doing all this “stuff” and trying to keep up that it’s ok to just say enough is enough and step off the ride when you need to. I remember a boss I had telling me one day when I’d come into work looking like crap (because I’d been working for weeks trying to get a good reputation at work so I could apply for a promotion) that the world would not stop if something happened to me. That I needed to put myself first because no one else would and the work will never end, so it’s no use burning myself out to try and get it all done. Work hard, not crazy. She was right. I got sick (which was inevitable) had a week off and when I came back the work had still gone ahead and nothing had changed. That’s the way of the world; it doesn’t stop spinning.

At times it’s hard for me to remember that lesson until it’s too late, like now. But when I am reminded of it I know that I need to step back and make changes. Stop. Recharge and come back better than before. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve stopped anything that’s not crucial (like building my second blog that I’ve got such big hopes for but can’t seem to make the time to give it the attention it needs in amongst everything else, and it kills me that it’s not going anywhere fast). I’ve spent some time with friends. I’ve asked for help to manage my stress and lack of sleep. I’m following the doctors orders and you know what; I’m feeling better because of it. I’ve also given myself permission to be “late” with things and to just remove others altogether from my to-do list. While it’s sucked to watch good things happening for others that are working hard, I know that it’s only temporary and after a recharge I’ll be back on track and better for it.

So please, if you’re looking at my life and thinking “Man, I wish I could do everything she does” knock it off! I’m just like you, doing one thing a day and considering it a success. Heck, I’m sitting here late afternoon writing this in my PJ’s. The same PJ’s I’ve been wearing for the past two days. Some days it’s just a success to make it through the day without crying. Be kind to yourself. Seriously, you only get one shot at life and you don’t want to look back and think “I burned myself out for something that just went on without me anyways”. Spend time with those that love you, remember why you’re working so hard and be kind to your knees, they’re the only ones you’ll ever get!

On that note, I’m off to watch some crappy television, maybe read a book and get as many hugs from the boys as they’ll give me before getting annoyed at me. I hope you have a calm day and more importantly you’re being kind to yourself!

FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON

  • Easter is coming and so the cute little rabbits are coming out to play, I love this Bunny Bag from Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon. Click here for the tutorial.
  • Loving this zipper bag from Lori Holt, perfect for stitching on the go. Click here for the tutorial.
  • Loving this little fabric basket and eggs tutorial from Amy at Diary of a Quilter which is perfect for the little ones in your world. Click here for the tutorial.
  • I need to make myself one of these to save my sunglasses from the ravages of my handbag; Sew Easy Sunglasses Case tutorial at Sew Mama Sew. Click here for the tutorial.
  • Do you use starch with your fabrics? Then you might enjoy this article from Cassandra Madge about the virtues and hidden dangers of starch. Click here to read.
  • This is a project I have in the wings waiting for some time in the spotlight so I’m totally saving this tutorial from Kitty at Night Quilter for later. Click here to read more.

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Comments

  1. Hi Angie,
    Thanks for being real. In this day and age of being connected, most times we never get to see the whole picture of someone’s life, just the good bits. And we need to keep this in perspective.
    Thank you for all the hard work you have put into the QAL, and your wonderful blog. Take time for yourself and your family as these are the things that matter most.
    Michelle

  2. Thanks for including my post. xo And I hear you on the trying-to-balance-it-all. Good for you for recognizing that you need a break/change. I wholeheartedly concur with that need. Take care of yourself!

  3. sometimes you have to do what you have to do and ignore what you don’t! It’s a phase, an exciting, hard, and crazy time. Enjoy all of it in your PJs! I’m not sure there is such a thing as balance but I do try to schedule time for myself or to see a friend about once a week, stops me going crazy or turning into a hermit. I think your advice is totally right on and I really admire how hard you work while recognising the need to slack off occasionally! xx

  4. Hi Angie,
    I fully agree with the previous comments and hope that soon your life will be balanced beautifully between what you love to do and what you need to do.
    It’s all too easy to put too much on the plate of life and sooner or later something will fall off. Then the tendency is to get a bigger plate but that just makes the load heavier. Go entree size, choose the best, ignore the rest and allow someone else to wash-up.
    Too much advice? it’s only because we care about you.
    Hope today’s been cruisey 🙂

  5. Dude, you need to be kinder to yourself. Some of this will wait, but your kid won’t ever be the same age again. Maybe work on one thing at a time, first the book, then the next blog, etc. Take care!

  6. Hey Angie,
    Thank you for sharing,sometimes admitting you are not coping is a start on the road to feeling better.
    Finding a different, better way to cope and do what you want/ need to do is a balancing act and finding the balance is an art.
    Good luck and remember taking care of yourself is the first priority because if you are not right then nothing will be right.

    Thinking of you.
    Sue

  7. Hugs Angie … you give great advise to all us readers and you need to take some of it yourself… slow down and step off, as you said. If we try to do too many things at once we don’t do any of them justice and they all go to —-!
    I’ve been there done it too so I know how it feels. We all go thru ups and downs in our life… Even if we fail at some things there will come along other things… it will all work out … Hug your Boys and take a break…
    you are awesome and we all appreciate what you do but we don’t want you to Explode! 🙂 love you xoxoxoxoxo